It has seemed to me that MLB owners have been looking at a way to capitalize on the pandemic/situation. I think they are uninterested in supporting. MiLB player salaries and are actively pushing to see College baseball to become a less costly minor league system closer to the way the football and basketball function for the NFL and NBA. From a scout that I know, most player personnel guys feel that upper level D1, D2 in the southeast and JUCO ball in and around FL, TX, and CA are already better than rookie league ball, and on par with single A ball.
My impression is MLB is pushing to utilize that system to a greater extent. The quality of college baseball over the next few seasons is going to be outstanding.
I’m not sure it’s true college ball is better than rookie ball. Rookie ball is almost all of the college players drafted. A handful start higher. A lot of D1 players from top forty teams don’t get drafted.
I do agree pro baseball is trying to skinny down minor league ball and count on college ball as a major source of talent. It will cut down the projection and whiffing on high school players.